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How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant? What Moms Say

Some women get pregnant by just looking at a man; other couples take years to conceive. I asked random women how long it takes to get pregnant; it turns out that getting pregnant takes anywhere from “half an hour, the first time we had sex” to “eight years – and I’m not pregnant yet.”

The cool thing about some of these answers is that they sometimes contain tips for getting pregnant. For instance, Nicole says that being on birth control for two years before trying to conceive made it take longer. Robin was diagnosed with unexplained infertility after three years, and got pregnant after they stopped trying.

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Now for the fun part…

How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant?

I asked this question on the women’s network Yahoo Shine. Unfortunately, I neglected to ask how old the women were when they first started trying to conceive. But, it’s safe to assume they’re in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

It Took Us Weeks (or Hours!) to Get Pregnant

“We got pregnant the week we stopped trying to avoid it.” ~ SJ.

“As I recall, about half an hour, two weeks before the wedding.” ~ Doug.

“Two weeks after I stopped taking the pill.” ~ GBW.

“Five or six months…in my case it resulted in a miscarriage though. I am okay though.” ~ Crissy.

“I got pregnant right away with my first child, but it took almost a year to get pregnant with my second. I was on birth control for two years after my first child, and was told it would take long to get pregnant the second time.” ~ Nicole.




“I stopped taking birth control 6 weeks ago. I went to the doc two weeks ago and today I am five weeks pregnant. So for me not long at all.” ~ Christina.

It Took Us Months to Get Pregnant 

“It took my husband and me took a month to get pregnant. I am really in tune with my cycle and know exactly when to have sex to get pregnant. Also, I’m 24, so naturally I have great fertility.” ~ ANL.

“Second month.” ~ Marcy.

“Three months.” ~ Barbara.

“Four months…and we weren’t trying at all.” ~ Amy.

“Five months! I had finally given up trying to get pregnant, went on a diet, and lost 20 lbs. I found out I was pregnant a month later.” ~ Scrappy.

“When I was 37, I stopped taking my birth control pills. We weren’t trying to get pregnant, we just weren’t preventing it. It took five months for my husband and me to conceive.” ~ jrd.

“For my first, we were active for about four or five months before I conceived. For the second, I found out I was pregnant less than a month after we stopped birth control.

“It took us 3 years. The first two we weren’t trying – just not preventing. The third time we tried to get pregnant, we used two different fertility monitors and a fertility calendar. Still didn’t happen. So we got checked and were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The week we were supposed to start fertility treatment, we found out we were expecting. It’s interesting because the month we got pregnant, my husband had a big audit at work he was concentrating on, we were getting ready to settle on a house we just bought, and we weren’t really thinking about getting pregnant since we knew we were going to start treatments. I don’t know if everything else going on distracted us or if it was just our time. I’m happy to report I am now 16 weeks pregnant.” ~ Robin.

It Took Us Years to Get Pregnant – Too Long! 

“The first baby took a little over a year. The next one came 14 months after. The third baby came 3 years later. The fourth baby was 5 1/2 years. The fifth baby was 6 years after that, and the six was 2 years and 22 days after that. The second and sixth times I got pregnant, we were while using various forms of birth control – the second was while on the pill and nursing.” ~ Catharine.

“My husband and I have been trying for over 2 years now. If nothing happens by the end of 2011, we will be visiting a doctor.” ~ Kristina.

“Going on 8 years now… but baby fever left me about a year ago. I’m ok now if it’s not in my life plan to have kids.” ~Berry.

I love that attitude – if it’s in the cards to get pregnant, she’ll be happy! If not, she’s fine too.

If you’re trying to conceive a little peanut, you may find 5 Baby Making Tips helpful.

And if you think it’s taking way too long, read How to Know When You Need to Find a Fertility Doctor.

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